Oh! The temptation!

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  1. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    So I've started checking out the area. I now live in Vancouver.

    On our saturday recon mission, I stumbled across this little beauty:






    It's a 2006, but brand new. I've yet to receive a paycheque from my new job, but I've just discovered a good contender for ways to spend my "loyalty bonus" from my last job.

    What do you think?

    2 Gs by the way...

    I've already got a Kona Garbanzo, but it does not like going uphill at all. This thing would be the tool for "The Shore" would it not?
     

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  2. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I love the MKIII. The DW system pedals very well and even though it looks a little thin, that bike can take some serious heat.
     
  3. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Nice. I'd like a bike that will go uphill. This looks like it will do the job.
     
  4. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    There are some pictures on here somewhere of someone hitting some rather large drops and jumps on his with no complaints.
     
  5. Spero

    Spero ass rainbow

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    Am I the only one that notices the fked rear end?
     
  6. Silver

    Silver find me a tampon

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    How so? Are you referring the fact that one chainstay is higher than the other?

    DW got baked out of his mind one night, and they didn't have time to redo the drawings...
     
  7. Cash-Money

    Cash-Money Turbo Monkey

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    in other news, how are you enjoying vancouver?
     
  8. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    This was the one I rented in Bellingham....I liked it

     
  9. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    It looks pretty small, is that a 15?
     
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    Nice bike, what does it weigh?
     
  11. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    They keep making the MK's nicer and nicer.. that bike looks awesome...
     
  12. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    It is a small, but there's s med. frame in the shop.

    Vanc. is pretty wet so far, so we're headed out for a ski today. Riding next weekend! Maybe on a kickass new bike.

    For some reason, the pic of the one you rented isn't showing up, but neither are mine. Maybe I need a new computer too...
     
  13. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    That's a nice lookin bike!
     
  14. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Looks too small.
     
  15. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    His avatar is "actual size"
     
  16. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I rode the 19 (largest of the 3 sizes) and it felt too small for me. I like a larger bike though. It was very flickable.
     
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    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    It is too bad that no one on RM has ever seen an Ironhorse before...
     
  18. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Does in come in rootbeer?
     
  19. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Not sure what it weighs. I was struck with how light it felt, I'd guess under 30 lbs. That may or may not be right.

    I'm around 5'9", so I think the med would be the way to go.
     
  20. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Iron Horse bikes perform very poorly in the US but, oddly enough, they totally rock in Canada - just make sure you stay north of the boarder because the make is not boutique enough for the fashion forward Seattle crowd.
     
  21. buildyourown

    buildyourown Turbo Monkey

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    Personally, I disagree. My 53 old father broke a pivot on his doing pure xc. When asked about parts, I was there where non available and there never would be.
    The bikes ride decent but I will never buy one again.

    Oh yeah, and in BC it's a paycheck.
     
  22. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    Iron Horses can give you the Super AIDS AND anal SARS, both at the same time!
     
  23. cadmus

    cadmus Monkey

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    You could find a bike that is more shore appropriate that still pedals well, in that 2G price range.
     
  24. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    He already has a Stab Garbanzo.......
     
  25. cadmus

    cadmus Monkey

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    yep, that bike pedals great
     
  26. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    I'm open to suggestions.

    My Kona is fine for DH, buy I'm going on the assumption that I'll need to get uphill on occasion. I'm going out next weekend, hopefully, and get a better idea if I really need to get a pedal-able bike. It's just a tough deal to pass up.

    I'll check out those parks in Surrey. I'm still not all that mobile since my car still hasn't arrived.

    Thanks for all the info so far.
     
  27. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    For uphill & general XC... I find a mid level Trek Fuel to be good times. I've pedaled around with guys on sleds & they don't have much fun. Then its all about the shuttle which can be logistically unpleasant.
     
  28. Lady Gravity

    Lady Gravity Chimp

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    you'll definitely have more fun here if you have a bike that can decently pedal up as well as have fun riding down. seymour and cypress are the only "shuttle" mountains (apart from the valley). there's a lot of really great trails on fromme, but you either have to pedal or push to get to them.
     
  29. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    TREK??????? I'm reporting this to DHZ.....you sir will be shunned..

    Or are you already, which is why you live where you do?
     
  30. cadmus

    cadmus Monkey

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    Da Peach - clear out some PM's
     
  31. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    that makes no sense, I got parts from IH for my '04 (pre MKIII)
     
  32. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    done.
     
  33. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    I spray painted it matte black and call it the stealth bomber so... I get by. :shocked:
     
  34. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    So I went for it:


    Took it for a ride around the easy trails around Mt. Seymour yesterday, but "La Belle" left the memory card in the computer, so no pics of the ride. It was a great day yesterday with tons of sun and not too much snow. Gave me an opportunity to pedal uphill for a change and learn how to use SPDs...ow.

    Slick new fork, which I haven't fiddled with yet:


    Friggin' pedals that put me on my ass around 5 times on the climbs:





    Doesn't look like I got full travel out of my shock


    And just to get some shots outside, we went for a ride to the UBC trails. I discovered that hardtails truly climb far, far better than fullys...fo real.
     
  35. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    When someone says a full suspension bike "climbs well", it's in comparison to OTHER suspension bikes. Energy lost is energy lost, even when it's only a little.
     
  36. BikeMike

    BikeMike Monkey

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    It's my opinion that there are some situations/trails (the good ones :) ) where a good full suspension bike climbs better than a hardtail. Like rocky, technical climbs with lots of ledges. If you're taking a fire road up, or a nice smooth track, by all means hardtail all the way.
     
  37. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Yes. But now I know this FOR SURE.
     
  38. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    Neato....she's gotta lose the reflectors.....
     
  39. johnbryanpeters

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    Don't be a hater.
     
  40. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    Red skinwall tyres are even gheyer than reflectors.

    'Tis a sweet bike.